Eldora's Qualifying and Race Formats Explained
|William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Toyota, during practice.(Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)|
Eldora's qualifying and race formats differ from the knockout qualifying seen weekly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Below is a guide to how it works.
At Eldora, two-lap, single-truck qualifying determines the starting position for the qualifying races (five in total). A random draw determines the qualifying order with the fastest qualifier earning the Keystone Light Pole Award.
Each of the five qualifying races last 10 laps each with only green-flag laps counting. The top-five trucks in the two-lap qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying races. The lineups for the qualifying races are filled based on qualifying speeds (sixth competes in the first qualifying race, seventh in the second, eighth in the third, etc.)
The top-five trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the race. Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will earn spots in the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby.
When the five qualifying races are completed, there will be a last-chance qualifying race. The lineup will be based on finishing position from the qualifying races and the race will be 15 laps with only green flag laps counted. The top-two finishers transfer to the race where they will start in positions 26-27.
The 28th-31st starting positions go to the highest-ranking eligible trucks in owner points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying.
The 32nd starting position goes to the most recent eligible past series champion; if position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned based upon owner points.
The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments of 40, 50 and 60 laps with competition cautions at the breaks on Lap 40 and Lap 90. Caution laps will not count during the competition cautions and positions cannot be improved on pit road.
Teams are not required to pit during the competition cautions. Those teams that do not elect to pit may remain on the track and start in front of the pitting teams.
There is no caution clock for the Eldora race.
|Cameron Hayley, driver of the #13
Cabinets by Hayley Toyota, drives during practice|
for the 4th Annual Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway
on July 19, 2016 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20:
ON TRACK: ELDORA
- — 5:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying
- — 7 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series First Qualifying Race (10 laps)
- — 7:09 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Second Qualifying Race (10 laps)
- — 7:18 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Third Qualifying Race (10 laps)
- — 7:27 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fourth Qualifying Race (10 laps)
- — 7:36 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fifth Qualifying Race (10 laps)
- — 8:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Last Chance Qualifying Race (15 laps)
- — 9 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby (150 laps/40-50-60, 75 miles)